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Colonoscopy; two polyps removed
Amount: $1,760.84
Posted by: prich in Kennebunkport, ME.Posted: May 18th, 2010 08:05AM
Clinic or Doctor: Southern Maine Medical CenterInsurance Carrier: VA
Type of Policy: Priority 6 VA
This is for hospital charges only. Don't know whether Physician will send separate bill. If I didn't have VA don't know how I could have this done.
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Colonoscopy & Endoscopy
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: SaraW in Middletown, CT.Posted: April 7th, 2010 06:04PM
Clinic or Doctor: Middlesex HospitalInsurance Carrier: Anthem
Type of Policy: Century Preferred
Insurance company was billed $11,530. They paid out $5872 and my co-pay was $100. I was at the hospital for literally 3 hours. This is what is wrong with our health care system. Who can afford such a test without insurance?! I am lucky to have good health insurance but had NO idea that these tests cost so much money! It is totally ridiculous!
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Colonoscopy
Amount: $160.00
Posted by: a user in Seattle, WA.Posted: March 24th, 2010 10:03PM
If every one paid with cash for their regular and preventative care costs would be much lower. Maybe $45 for a doctors visit and $700 for a colonoscopy. Insurance companies are the problem in the market. I am a physician employed by the hospital and get paid $160-$185 for each colonoscopy. Where the rest of the money goes don't ask me.
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Colonoscopy with Polyp Removal
Amount: $750.00
Posted by: gonuke in Virginia Beach, VA.Posted: March 23rd, 2010 11:03AM
Clinic or Doctor: ClinicInsurance Carrier: Anthem BC/BS
Type of Policy: $5k Deductable
Both my wife and I have had this procedure at the same price of $750.00 each. I really don't understand where all these unbelivable prices are coming from. This $750.00 out of pocket with nothing being paid by the insurance company as we had not reached our deductable yet... Got to love Virginia!!!!
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Colonoscopy & Endoscopy
Amount: $1,350.00
Posted by: Odile in Hollywood in Century City/Beverly Hills, CA.Posted: March 19th, 2010 06:03PM
Clinic or Doctor: Private Practice GastroenterologistInsurance Carrier: None
Type of Policy: n/a
I had a colonoscopy & endoscopy for $1,000 (the anesthesiologist fee was $350, I was completely sedated) I am surprised by the amount others have paid, especially since they have insurance and I don't.
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Colonoscopy
Amount: $34.00
Posted by: Bill in Canada's North in Cold Lake, Alberta, Other.Posted: March 12th, 2010 01:03PM
Clinic or Doctor: ClinicInsurance Carrier: Universal Care
Type of Policy: Canadian
I just had a colonscopy this morning.(10 year interval) My total cost was $34 for the PEGLYTE. The care was superb and equipment was state of the art.I live in a remote area of Canada in Cold Lake, Alberta about 7 hours drive north of the US Border.My wait time was 2.5 months from my doctor visit.
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no longer able to afford preventitive colonoscopy
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: joanie in vermilion, OH.Posted: February 25th, 2010 03:02PM
Clinic or Doctor: noneInsurance Carrier: none
Type of Policy: none
At 63years old with history of polys (2-3) after last 3 colonoscopies and family hx. of cancer I can no longer afford insurance and even if I had some insurance, cost would be out of reach. Husband is 80, retired and thankfully has VA medical. Private pay cost would be 2500 and up......our social security checks and my part time job just isn't going to allow it. Get my affairs in order and pray I'll be around to see 10 year old grandson graduate from high school.
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colonoscopy
Amount: $3,054.00
Posted by: Jim M in Van Buren, AR.Posted: February 1st, 2010 03:02PM
Clinic or Doctor: Insurance Carrier: aetna
Type of Policy: ppo
based on my age (52), as part of my semiannual physical i was scheduled for a colonoscopy. I was told I had a $300 deductable, then %20. Now Aetna will only pay $500, says it is "Prevetitive" as opposed to a "Diagnostic" procedure. Same exact procedure. Lot of good it does to have insurance. GREED! This is why we need health reform.
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Colonoscopy with Polyp Removal
Amount: $850.00
Posted by: Stephen Mann in Brooklyn, NY.Posted: January 22nd, 2010 11:01AM
Clinic or Doctor: GuptaGastro.com in Brooklyn, NYInsurance Carrier: None
Based on my age I was told I should get a colonoscopy done to check for colon cancer. I went to Gupta Gastro in Brooklyn, NY and received EXCELLENT care. They took care of me like I was part of their own families. INCLUDING the initial consultation and follow up exam I was only billed $850 in total. Definatly the cheapest costing clinic around, which you would never expect for the great care you receive and how well the facilities are maintained. I would highly recommend Gupta Gastro to everyone!
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colonostopy
Amount: $6,000.00
Posted by: cjcqd in chicago, IL.Posted: January 20th, 2010 08:01AM
Clinic or Doctor: Insurance Carrier: hummana
Type of Policy: high deductable
Now I understand why my mom died at 65. GREED by the insurance companies. She was not being cheap or scared of the procedure. She just skipped one because the cost was high way robbery. I hope God has a special place in hell for these crooks. My cost for colonostopy out of pocket $3400. I will soon have no health care. Premium and out of pocket now 28% fo my income. sad to say your next!
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colonoscopy & upper endoscopy
Amount: $1,306.04
Posted by: Romy in LA, CA.Posted: January 4th, 2010 12:01PM
Clinic or Doctor: Ronald Reagan UCLAInsurance Carrier: Pacificare
Type of Policy: HMO 30% co-pay, self empl.
I am a survivor of 4 primary cancers. I had colon cancer, surgery & chemo. in 2008. I have to have a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy done each year. The total cost in 2009 was $14,524.00. No polyps. The bill makes no sense to me. I am going to start calling UCLA & my insurance to try to lower my bill, but I am not holding my breath. If I am successful by any chance I will post it.
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Where did we go wrong ???
Amount: $4,500.00
Posted by: Jim Lueken in LOUISVILLE, KY.Posted: December 22nd, 2009 09:12AM
Clinic or Doctor: Jewish Med. EastInsurance Carrier: Humana
Type of Policy: basic
A rountine colonoscopy can be done in a doctors offce by ANY trained MD without sedation in 20 to 25 minutes. SHOULD COST $175. But thats not enough for the healthcare industry. So they have created a entire industry, specialized clinics, sedation requirements, large overpaid staffs. Now the cost is $2000 to $7000. EXACTLY what the doctors, clinics and hospitals want...BIG $.
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Colonoscopy
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Jim Lueken Jr. in Louisville, KY.Posted: December 19th, 2009 09:12AM
Clinic or Doctor: Jewish Hosp.LouisvilleInsurance Carrier: Humana
Type of Policy: standard
Just yesterday (12/18/09) went in for a routine colonscopy. I should have shopped around. Very lavish, over-staffed facilites catering to those with means ($) and fools like me. My cost for facilty use only nearly $1000. I am afraid on additional gauging yet to come, doctors bill, sedation costs, lab, etc, etc. Procedure lasts 20 minutes. Our healthcae system id DISCOURAING preventive measures. Or maybe the local Jewish Medical East of Louisville, KY is alone in it price gouging.
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Cancelled Screening
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: MMB in Fort Wayne, IN.Posted: December 15th, 2009 10:12AM
Clinic or Doctor: NE Indiana Endoscopy CenterInsurance Carrier: United Healthcare
Type of Policy: HIgh Deductible--\"Choice Plus\"
My husband received a "robo-call" reminder from UHC to "take advantage" of his covered colonoscopy screening. After visit to the doctor for a regular checkup,she recommended the screening since he is 54 years old. Not wanting any financial surprises, he called UHC to check on coverage. The screening was covered so he scheduled the colonoscopy, bought the jug of prep stuff and did the preadmission over the phone at the hospital. The preadmission rep told him that IF a polyp was found and removed, that at that time, the activity would be coded "diagnostic" and applied to our deductible (which is $5800 for family) He asked how much we'd be charged IF this was done. He was told, depending on the doctor, between $690-812 for the removal and between $1000-2000 for the outpatient services at the hospital. !!! Since we are already making payments on our share of the cost on the deductible from last year, he decided to forego any screening until a later date. He has average risk factors. His mom at age 78 had a polyp removed when she had her first colonoscopy at age 75. We're out the $20 buck for the prep he bought, but that beats having to make payments on $2800. We thought about "playing the odds" as chances are he won't have any polyps. But, I think it's unfair--kind of like a "bait and switch" scheme to have the colonoscopy covered by insurance but once the scope is up there and they see something and remove it, the definition changes and you're left with a big bill. Yes. We are self rationing care at this point based on general and personal statistics for the chances of developing colon cancer.
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worried to death instead.
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: tiredofit in oconomowoc, WI.Posted: December 11th, 2009 08:12PM
Clinic or Doctor: steven lipscombInsurance Carrier: humana
Type of Policy: high deductable of course
GI ASSOCIATES
my father has colon cancer so i felt i needed to do it. i will probably never have another one. not sure how i am going to pay this. it will probably tak me a year or more. unfortunately i am not good at calling to try and work something out. i guess if you do get one do not go there. i should have known to price around but it looks like it would not have helped. there is no reason to have an office full of nurses. when the medical personal is 2 or 3 times more than the patients you know there is going to be problems when it comes time to pay. would i rather wait for medical service or pay more? in this case i would rather wait. i guess this means i am for rationing.
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Cost of Colonoscopy
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Steven J. Morris MD in Atlanta, GA.Posted: December 2nd, 2009 07:12PM
Clinic or Doctor: Atlanta GastroenterologyInsurance Carrier:
Type of Policy: Cash
I run a large GI Group and am researching the cost of Colonoscopy in the United States. In an outpatient setting we provide the facility, professional fee, and anesthesia for patients without insurance or high deductible for a total of $1400. I am shocked by the numbers quoted. I would like to know why patients ever have this done in a hospital; weren't they offered an outpatient setting. Have any patients used Academic centers; what were those costs?
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Routine Colonoscopy
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: Happy Veteran in Sturgis, SD.Posted: November 27th, 2009 04:11PM
Clinic or Doctor: Sturgis, SD VA CenterInsurance Carrier: VA
Type of Policy: Veteran's Medical
Quick proceedure and only had to pay $50.00
Any vets out there can get medical coverage, even non-war veterans.
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Cost of Recovery
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Hank in Morgan Hill, CA.Posted: November 24th, 2009 11:11AM
Clinic or Doctor: AnyInsurance Carrier: Any
Type of Policy: Any
This is really helpful information. I am a Healthcare Economist conducting independent research on the itemized costs associated with colonoscopy. Would it be possible for a few individuals to provide me with the cost of recovery, post colonoscopy? This should be listed in the explanation of benefits from your insurance carrier. Thanks so much.
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Not just a crappy job!
Amount: $897.75
Posted by: Teresa in Middletown, OH.Posted: November 23rd, 2009 11:11AM
Clinic or Doctor: Gaeke/GI EndoscopyInsurance Carrier: CIGNA
Type of Policy: PPO
Out of pocket = $400 deductible and 20% rest. The facility charged $1000 each time the machine was used to remove polyp for a total of $3,000. The dr. charged almost $1,000 for each polyp removed. Laboratory fees were $1,024, anesthetician was $625. Haven't see the pathologist bill yet, so my out of pocket will be more than $897.75
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Routine Colonoscopy
Amount: $116.74
Posted by: sheryl in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: November 11th, 2009 08:11PM
Clinic or Doctor: Insurance Carrier: Anthem Blue Cross
Type of Policy: Lumenos
Well, I had my Colonoscopy on October 20. Everything normal. no problems. I just received the paperwork this week. The insurance company was billed $6,000. BC paid $500. I'm out of pocket $116.74 for the doctor's office visit
only.

Conclusion: I would recommend to anyone who needs a routine colonsocopy to sign up for Anthem
Blue Cross Lumenos Plan. Deductible is waived and they cover 100% of the procedure.
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colonoscopy- how know if really had polyps removed
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Confused in FL in Clearwater, FL.Posted: November 4th, 2009 09:11AM
Clinic or Doctor: Insurance Carrier: BCBS
Type of Policy: not selected yet
I was wondering if anyone knows how do you know your doctor removed polyps?
If I choose a traditional plan its routine and just have the procedure you just have a $250 copay, but if they remove any polyps it becomes diagnostic and deductable must be met.
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Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles
Amount: $475.00
Posted by: Suzanne in Santa Monica, California in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: October 19th, 2009 12:10PM
Clinic or Doctor: Kaiser PermanenteInsurance Carrier: Kaiser Permanente
I paid $475 for a colonoscopy (with anesthesia) and removal of polyps. Hurray for Kaiser Permanente, which provides excellent care at non-profit prices for its members. My husband and I are delighted with Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles.
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Procedure Based Medicine
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: JRS23 in st louis, MO.Posted: October 18th, 2009 10:10AM
Clinic or Doctor: NAInsurance Carrier: NA
Type of Policy: NA
This is why physicians enter "procedure based" specialities -- they can get more reimbursement for doing something physically (using a camera, operating a piece of equipment, performing a surgery, etc) rather than simply problem-solving a symptom and prescribing a medication for a problem. This is why a Gastroenterologist typically gets paid several times (probably 2-4times) what a Family Practice specialist gets paid / year.
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Colonoscopy Cost - Pending Heart Attack
Amount: $23,000.00
Posted by: Outraged in Leesburg, VA.Posted: October 15th, 2009 05:10PM
Clinic or Doctor: GillInsurance Carrier: BC/BS
Type of Policy: PPO
I just received the EOB from BC/BS showing the doctor's billed charges: $23,000. This is NOT a typo. BC/BS wants additional info from me so my share is not known yet. How can a routine colonoscopy cost so much? It's the first one I've had and the billed amount has me almost in cardiac arrest.
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gouged checkbook
Amount: $11,000.00
Posted by: astounded in WI in kenosha, WI.Posted: October 8th, 2009 11:10AM
Clinic or Doctor: auroraInsurance Carrier: united
went in for colonoscopy & endoscopy figuring only 1 visit and will only have to pay once to be knocked out. so far i do not think it was worth it. no polyps, just a twisted intestine. opened the bill last week and almost had to go back in for a heart attack. lol! total bill was just shy of $11,000 ! insurance covered most of it leaving me about $1,200 out of pocket. i was expecting about $600 for my share. still waiting on a detailed bill to arrive because aurora just gives a grand total minus what insurance covers
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Colonoscopy
Amount: $2,682.00
Posted by: Reamed then reamed again. in San Francisco, CA.Posted: September 23rd, 2009 03:09PM
Clinic or Doctor: California Pacific Medical CenterInsurance Carrier: Aetna
Type of Policy: PPO
I'm under 50 (38) and had this procedure performed due to a family history of cancer. I've lost two siblings and my father has had a colectomy. With a PPO from Aetna and a $1000 deductible

CPMC billed me $5,265.67, of which Aetna covered $1,683.04 leaving me with $2,266.21 out of pocket.

CPMC charged me $111 for a 500ml saline drip, $109 for a pulse/o2 sensor and ~$110 each for the two sedatives, which Aetna classified as "hospital incidentals". I think anyone who's had a colonoscopy wouldn't consider these "incidental". I've filed a complaint with Aetna and California Dept of Managed Health Care.
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Virtual Colonoscopy
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: T Lee in Princeton, NJ.Posted: September 21st, 2009 09:09AM
Clinic or Doctor: Princeton Longevity CenterInsurance Carrier: Blue Cross
Type of Policy: PPO
Virtual Colonoscopy ( CT ) cost $1,200 at Princeton Longevity Center in NJ. Insurance covered about $200, and $1,000 was out of pocket cost for me. No polyp found ( about 1/2 of the cases ) and No Anaesthesia was required. Just a 20 minutes of procedure with very little discomfort. I recommend this highly.
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Insurance for Colonoscopy
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: sheryl in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: September 20th, 2009 09:09PM
Type of Policy: Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Cross is the only insurance carrier that will cover the cost of a Preventive Colonscopy
via their Lumenos HSA Plan. The premium is about $251 a month.
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Colonoscopy Cost
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Rocco in Bethesda, MD.Posted: September 10th, 2009 09:09PM
Clinic or Doctor: National Institutes of HealthInsurance Carrier: N/A
Type of Policy: N/A
Often times the National Institutes of Health is looking for normal volunteers to further research in various areas of medicine. Most recently I participated in a research protocol in which they did the routine colonoscopy while taking samples of my colon wall. Sometimes they actually pay you for these procedures. They have a website.
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Colonoscopy Cost....Unbelievable
Amount: $7,999.00
Posted by: ENT in Jacksonville, FL.Posted: August 28th, 2009 04:08PM
Clinic or Doctor: Mayo of Jacksonville, FLInsurance Carrier: Beech Street
Type of Policy: Limited PPO
I get this procedure every year due to Ulcerative Colitis. The cost was 3 times as much as the customary charge. Mayo would not provide their customary charge and expects me to pay what is not covered by my insurance. My insurance covered $2000 of their charge.
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